A man suspected of killing two Swedish nationals in a Brussels attack was shot dead by police. The suspect, identified as Abdesalem Lassoued, was found in a café in the Schaerbeek neighborhood. Belgium’s capital is on high terror alert.
In a dramatic turn of events, a man suspected of killing two Swedish nationals in a Brussels attack was shot dead by police after a 12-hour manhunt. The suspect was apprehended in a café in the Schaerbeek neighborhood after officers opened fire when they spotted him. He was rushed to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries. The incident has put Brussels on high alert, with the city facing its highest terror threat level.
The suspect arrived at the scene on a scooter wearing an orange fluorescent jacket and a helmet. He was seen dropping the vehicle and immediately opening fire on passersby with a large weapon. Two Swedes were killed in the attack, and a local taxi driver was injured but expected to recover. The attacker then fled the scene on his scooter, leaving the city in fear.
The suspect has been identified as Abdesalem Lassoued, a 45-year-old man from Tunisia. He sought asylum in Belgium in November 2019 but was unsuccessful. In a disturbing video posted online, Lassoued claimed responsibility for the shooting and declared himself a member of the Islamic State.
The shooting had serious repercussions, with authorities shutting down a Belgium-Sweden football match and holding 35,000 fans inside the stadium as a precaution. The game was eventually resumed, and fans were allowed to leave.
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo expressed his condolences to the Swedish prime minister and emphasized the joint fight against terrorism. The incident highlights the ongoing threat of terrorism in Europe and the importance of maintaining high security measures.
As the investigation continues, authorities will be working to determine the motives behind the attack and whether the suspect had any accomplices. The incident serves as a reminder of the constant vigilance required to combat terrorism and protect the safety of citizens..